The Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College Australia, in association with Connor Court Publications, cordially invites you to the book launch of “Memoirs of a Slow Learner” by Peter Coleman, to be launched by Rebecca Weisser.
Part autobiography, part cultural history, some will read “Memoirs of a Slow Learner” as a comic anatomy of the corpse of Australian liberalism. Other will see in it a journalistic record of the times. Yet others a moving personal statement. It is a unique departure in Australian autobiography
William Peter Coleman is an Australian writer, and former politician. A widely published journalist for over 60 years, he was editor of The Bulletin (1964–1967) and of Quadrant for 20 years, and has published 16 books on political, biographical and cultural subjects. While still working as an editor and journalist he had a short but distinguished political career as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1968–1978 for the Liberal Party of Australia, serving both as a Minister in the State Cabinet and in the final year as Leader of the New South Wales Opposition.
From 1981–1986 was Member for Wentworth in the Australian House of Representatives. In 2008 he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) at the University of Sydney for services to Australian intellectual life.
Rebecca Weisser is a commentator on Australian public affairs, appearing on the ABC’s “The Drum” and “News 24” and on Sky TV’s Paul Murray Live. She writes for The “Australian Spectator”, “The Drum”, “The Australian”, “Quadrant” and other publications.
She was editor of “The Australian’s” opinion page from 2008 to 2015 and also edited the paper’s popular ‘Cut and Paste’ column.
Before working in journalism Rebecca was a career diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with postings to Vanuatu and Mexico. She has also advised Qantas Airways and the Australian Catholic University on communications and public affairs.